Dare To Stay

Dare To Stay

by Jen McLaughlin

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Overview

The sizzling second novel in the gritty contemporary Sons of Steel Row series from the author of Dare to Run.

Bruised and bloodied on Boston’s mean streets, Chris O’Brien is reeling from the loss of his childhood best friend. But after barely escaping a hit placed on his head, Chris is desperate to live. A chance encounter leads him to the perfect safe haven—the home of a girl from his childhood, Molly Lachlan. Before he has fully considered what it would mean to involve her in his mess, he lets her take him home.
 
For Molly, letting Chris into her house means also letting him into her life. Danger and desperation are coming off of him like steam, and yet she can’t bring herself to turn him away. His bad boy charm always had a hold on her, but now there’s a soulfulness and sorrow in him that she’s never seen before. And despite the heart-stopping risk of helping him, she hopes against all reason that he’ll stay...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451477606
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Sons of Steel Row Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 506,959
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous books including the Out of Line Novels and Dare to Run, the debut novel in the Sons of Steel Row series. She has also written under the name Diane Alberts. 

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Dare To Stay 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Fantastic read. I really enjoyed the first book, so I was anxious to give this one a try. Very glad I did. Albeit liking book one just a tad better, I was thrilled with this book as well. I wasn't sure I could see Chris as a hero after book one, but the author wrote him perfectly. It takes a talented writer to make me change my opinion about a character so drastically. I love that we get alternating POVs. That is my very favorite writing style. All in all, a marvelous series so far. Off to buy the next book.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Dare to Run, we followed Lucas, Chris’ best friend. We got to see him interact with Lucas and we felt the betrayal when he attempted to kill Lucas. So, going into Dare to Stay, you already have this weariness with Chris. I wasn’t sure how the author could write a book about such a horrible character. I mean, he pretended to have his best friend’s back, a guy who always had his back since childhood, and then he just turned on Lucas and tried to have him killed. I wasn’t overly sure that the author would be able to make me feel anything but disgust towards Chris but she managed to pull it off. Dare to Stay starts off with Lucas in an alleyway bleeding to death. He’s regretting the choices he’s made and is really having a self-loathing moment in the alley. Even though he seems to regret what he did to his friend, I still wasn’t sold on him being the Hero. Even when Molly takes him into her house to patch him up and let him heal, I still was weary. In all honesty, it took me a while to fully warm up to him. However, between him cooking her dinners, fixing things around her house, and curling up on the couch with her cat, he grew on me. Before I even knew it, I was rooting for him and hoping he could get his life on track. However, at no point did I forget how much of a cold-blooded killer he was. Especially since there were a few times where he shot and killed guys who were hunting him. Molly was an interesting character. Her father was killed by a gang-banger and ever since then she’s been afraid to go out and make friends. She’s afraid of the danger and afraid of the pain of losing another person. So, she pretty much goes to work and then goes straight home. However, on her way home she comes across Chris and she can’t just leave him, no matter how much he threatens her to do so. Her father was the kind of person who tried to help the troubled youth. Not to mention, Chris has always made a habit of popping by the house when he’s in town and helping her do little things like painting shutters, mowing the lawn, et cetera. Which is why Molly takes it upon herself to bring Chris home, patch him up, and keep him in hiding at her place until heals. She’s not afraid of him but she is afraid of the life he means. That’s something that she battles with throughout the entire novel and that’s something that I really liked about her character. She didn’t just fall blindly in love with him. She loved the man, but she didn’t love what he did. While Dare to Run can be read as a stand-alone, I think it’s best to read this series in order. Like I said, you meet Chris in the first book and you really feel his betrayal. I think for someone just starting out with this book, you go in with a clean slate and you don’t really see the huge change in Chris. Not to mention there’s some development with a side character who plays a pretty big role in this story. Not to mention that his story is next and it’s one I’ve been dying to read since Dare to Run.
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
Bruised and bloodied on Boston's mean streets, Chris O'Brien is reeling from the loss of his childhood best friend. But after barely escaping a hit placed on his head, Chris is desperate to live. A safe haven comes to mind - the home of the perfect girl from his childhood, Molly Lachlan. Before he has fully considered what it would mean to involve her in his mess, he finds himself on her doorstep. When Molly agrees to let Chris inside her home, she realizes she's also letting him into her life. Danger and desperation are coming off him like steam, and yet she can't bring herself to turn him away. His bad boy charm always had a hold on her, but now there's a soulfulness and sorrow in him that she's never seen before. And despite the heart-stopping risk of helping him, she hopes against all reason that he'll stay... The stakes are dangerously high...and the passion is seriously intense. Follow the exploits of the Sons of Steel Row in Dare To Run and Dare To Stay. Review: I wish that I had read the first book in the series first, not because you need to, but it sounds like so much exciting things happened in that book. I would say, again without reading the first book that this one takes place exactly after the first one ends. It is raw, gritty and dangerous from the very first page. Chris is such a great tortured, alpha hero. He had a crap childhood that lead him down the wrong path and made bad choices, but he has such a gentle soul. I loved Molly for him. She took care of him, tried to make him a better person, but did not take a lot of crap from him. She also gave peace from the crazy, dangerous world he lives in. I loved the whole story it was full of violence, danger but it was soft, loving and sexy in other areas. The story just has so many great elements to it, I am not sure how to get them all down and make it comprehensible. Great book! I plan to go back and read the first book to see how bad Chris was before. 4Stars *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Dare to Stay by Jen McLaughlin is the 2nd book in her The Sons of Steel Row series. Dare to Stay picks up after the first book, Dare to Run leaves off. I was surprised to find out the McLaughlin used Chris O’Brien as this books hero, as he was the bad guy in the previous book. Once I found out he was the hero, I was prepared to dislike him, since I felt what he did was unforgivable. Of course, authors do have a way to win you over. :) Molly Lachlan is our heroine, and I liked her from the start. Molly lives alone, and keeps mostly to herself, though her friends at work keep trying to get her to go out. Since her father’s murder at the hands of a gang, Molly tries to keep her distance. Then one night she sees Chris lying in an alley way having been shot and bleeding profusely. Molly knows Chris from her teenage days, and privately had a crush on him. She does not know that Chris is a member of the Sons of Steel Row gang. She helps Chris and brings him to her place to heal him, and learns quickly about his dangerous and violent lifestyle. Chris, while he lies there thinking he will die, regrets his actions in betraying his best friend, Lucas. He plans to help Lucas’s brother to make up for all the bad things he knows were so wrong. Chris wants to leave Molly’s house, so not to put her in danger, but he knows he cannot leave until he becomes stronger. What follows is a sweet romance of two people living completely different lives. Chris’s father was abusive; he is a gang member, and knows nothing of killing rival gang members. Molly was sweet, smart, a kindergarten teacher and lived a comfortable life. Molly finds herself falling for Chris, despite his determination not to stay. Dare to Stay is also an exciting story, with Chris pulled into fights with the rival gang often, and in a short time, Molly will also get pulled into the danger. We get to see Scott, as he will play a big part of this story, working with Chris and eventually helping him. So many times throughout the story, Molly has doubts if her relationship with Chris is worth all the worry; especially with Chris always in the middle of all that danger, and his willingness to give his life up to save Scott, in penance for betraying Lucas. Despite her begging him to step away, Chris refuses to leave the gang and Scott. He knows he has fallen in love with her, but does not believe he is worthy of her. Will they ever be able to stay together? With the war ongoing with the rival gang, will Chris even survive? Jen McLaughlin has written another wonderful story of two opposites, one being an anti-hero, whose chances at love and happiness were unlikely. I surprised myself by liking Chris by the time I was half way through, and I loved Molly, the perfect heroine. Dare to Stay was an exciting, emotional, sexy and violent story. I loved every moment of it.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Dare To Stay by Jen McLaughlin Book Two of the Sons of Steel Row series Publisher: Berkley Romance Publication Date: August 2, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Bruised and bloodied on Boston’s mean streets, Chris O’Brien is reeling from the loss of his childhood best friend. But after barely escaping a hit placed on his head, Chris is desperate to live. A safe haven comes to mind—the home of the perfect girl from his childhood, Molly Lachlan. Before he has fully considered what it would mean to involve her in his mess, he finds himself on her doorstep. When Molly agrees to let Chris inside her home, she realizes she’s also letting him into her life. Danger and desperation are coming off of him like steam, and yet she can’t bring herself to turn him away. His bad boy charm always had a hold on her, but now there’s a soulfulness and sorrow in him that she’s never seen before. And despite the heart-stopping risk of helping him, she hopes against all reason that he’ll stay... What I Liked: Earlier this year in January, I read and absolutely LOVED Dare To Run by Jen McLaughlin, book one of this series. That book followed Lucas Donahue and Heidi Greene, and it was quite a sizzling, heart-stopping story. This sequel picks up exactly where Dare To Run left off, but in Chris's POV. While I think I loved Dare To Run a little more, I really liked this book! Chris O'Brien knows that he messed up big time. Trying to kill his best friend in order to take his place in the Sons of Steel Row's hierarchy? Chris should never have put that plan to action. Not only does Lucas not die, but he forgives Chris and lets him go. Now that Lucas and Heidi are "dead" to the world, Chris is free to take Lucas's spot, especially since he has Lucas's written consent. But Chris doesn't want it anymore. Shot and bleeding, he runs into the last person he thought he'd see - Molly Lachlan. Growing up, Molly was his next-door neighbor, a sweet innocent girl who is now a kindergarten teacher. She insists on taking him to her home to clean him up. Chris knows better to bring a woman into his complicated, dangerous life, but he's never been able to say to Molly... This book did not disappoint, just as I've come to realize that Jen McLaughlin/Diane Alberts does not disappoint. I was apprehensive, after reading book one, because I didn't think I'd like Chris, after what he did to Lucas. But Chris spent the whole book feeling extremely guilty about what he tried to do, and he punishes himself for it. This made me feel better (which sounds sick, I know), because I sooo did not want to read a book about a guy who could try to kill his best friend and walk around like it was fine! I thought Chris was fine, okay, in book one, but I definitely liked him a lot more in this book. He is hardened and cold on the outside, but he's wracked with guilt and pain on the inside. He had a terrible childhood and he's spent all of his adult life trying to impress his horrible father, who is also a Son of Steel Row. Beneath all of the cold, hard shields, Chris is a lonely guy. He's an amazing artist but doesn't want anyone to know about that - until Molly finds out. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
Spotlight, Review & Giveaway: DARE TO STAY (The Sons of Steel Row #2) by Jen McLaughlin http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-5Zo Publication Date: August 2, 2016 Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 5 Stars REVIEW: I loved DARE TO STAY even more than I loved DARE TO RUN! I started picked up the first book in this series because of the cover alone. The covers are that hot. The books live up to the covers though. This series delivers the hot romance. DARE TO STAY is the second book in Jen McLaughlin's Sons of Steel Row series and can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the first book before picking up this one if you want the complete storyline. DARE TO STAY is Chris and Molly's book and they are perfect for each other. I love the bad boy/ villain heroes matched up with good girls. Their chemistry was off the charts. I fell in love with Chris! He's this tortured bad boy hero and the more I read about him the more I wanted to be Molly in this book. Isn't that what we all want in a romance book? This series is on my "must have immediately and devour" list and I'll be waiting impatiently for the next book. I highly recommend this series for romance lovers who love a bad boy hero. *Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.